duck·​ling ˈdək-liŋ How to pronounce duckling (audio)
: a young duck

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For a dinner party, duck is also surprisingly affordable: Right now, a 5-pound whole duckling is $25.95 (or $5.19/pound) on FreshDirect, an online grocery service. Hana Asbrink, Bon Appétit, 8 Nov. 2022 And water-type trainers are sure to choose Quaxley, the local duckling. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 14 Oct. 2022 One day, my mum added a duckling who couldn’t walk to our menagerie. Longreads, 18 Aug. 2017 When my two daughters were little, a friend brought a duckling to our house that he’d been given and didn’t want his own children to have. Ann Hymes, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Aug. 2021 And last but not least, on May 26 the Hanover Fire Department tweeted that on May 26, firefighters were called to Old Schoolhouse Lane after residents found a duckling that was trapped in a storm drain., 3 June 2021 Females are all brown and might be herding a flock of ducklings. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 May 2020 The story begins when John is chosen by his class to care for and raise three mallard ducklings that hatched from a group of eggs delivered by a local farm to the school for a biology project. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, 17 Nov. 2019 For example, a larger-than-life skull, a work by Katharina Fritsch, sits incongruously on the lagoon bank alongside a mother duck and her wobbly ducklings, new life and a symbol of death co-existing in the same space. Allie Morris, Dallas News, 25 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of duckling was in the 15th century

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“Duckling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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duck·​ling ˈdək-liŋ How to pronounce duckling (audio)
: a young duck

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